What exactly does the term “unopposed estrogens” mean? Simply this: The estrogens are being administered without a counter balance of a progesterone.
This isn’t usually a good idea.
Here are the reasons:
Prolonged estrogen stimulation without the balancing presence of progesterone is well documented (and actually well accepted by both the mainstream medical and natural hormone communities) to cause excessive breast growth, uterine growth, water retention, weight gain, mental sluggishness, loss of libido and many more symptoms.
But the worst part about prolonged unopposed estrogen administration is the following:
• Increased risks of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers.
Estrogens, even those derived from mother nature, are naturally “opposed” by progesterone in the human body. In women with normal ovarian functions, their circulating estrogens are always timed with varying amounts of progesterone throughout those cycles.
When the production of progesterone falls off for any reason, a woman can become “estrogen dominant” - a term popularized by Dr. Jonathon Lee. Dr. Lee proposed that estrogen dominance was responsible for many chronic health problems now seen in women.
• These estrogen dominant health problems now include migraine headaches, PMS, depression, loss of libido, weight gain, water retention, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, heart disease, strokes, mental decline, blood clots and increased risk of gynecological cancers.
It is no coincidence that these exact same symptoms and conditions are also found in women who take birth control pills (BCP’s) and synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It is theorized the synthetic hormones found in BCP’s and HRT contribute to estrogen dominance by either suppressing ovarian production of natural progesterone or simply increasing the supply of non-natural estrogen.
As a result of 50 years of observing a spotty track record of hormone administration in women, it is a good idea to balance any supplemental estrogen (whether bio-identical or synthetic, chemically altered) with a natural progesterone.
We highly recommend supplementing your bio-identical estrogen (Estro500) with bio-identical progesterone (PC30).